EPA Seeks Applications for Critical Use Exemptions for Methyl Bromide Uses for 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting through Sept. 30 applications for the critical use exemption for methyl bromide for 2017. This exemption permits the import and production of methyl bromide for uses that do not have technically and economically feasible alternatives. However, the EPA notes that many sectors have transitioned away from methyl bromide over the last decade and that the number of sectors nominated for a critical use exemption has declined from 17 in 2006 to two for 2016.
All entities interested in obtaining a critical use exemption must provide technical and economic information to support their claim by Sept. 30 even if they have applied for an exemption in previous years. Applications received will be considered as the basis for submitting potential nominations for critical use exemptions to future meetings of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, who must authorize any critical use exemptions.